Everyone is familiar with the “Golden Arches” where you can always have it “your way.” But the consumerism of our culture has invaded our church buildings, where we all gather and want it “our way”, whether that is the “Jesus Way” or not. From the style of music, to the comfort of the building; from the message of prosperity, to the don’t rock the boat, we are all about what we want.
Church shopping has become a lifestyle for many. We have produces a consumer based religion with lip service to Jesus, and entertainment as our goal. But what happened to the “servanthood” that Jesus modeled and taught? Remember the upper room where they shared the Passsover Meal that would become the “Last Supper?”
As beautiful as Leonardo Da Vinci’s protrait of that occaision may be, it is inaccurate. They didn’t sit or stand behind one side of the table. They reclined around the table, meaning someone’s feet would be in your face. Because they were either barefooted, or clad with sandals, feet were dirty. And it was customary when you entered a home that someone would wash your feet.
The disciples were busy arguing about which one of them might be the greatest in the Kingdom. So Jesus got up, even though He was God in the flesh, He got up and gird Himself with a towel, grabbed a basin of water and proceeded to wash all of the disciples’ feet. When He finished, He instructed them about the importance of humility and serving others. Indeed, “Saved People Serve People.”
What happens when you try and return the church to its Biblical model? What does radical call to service look like? What is most important in our lives? Will the church in America survive the prosperity of the last century? Can we free our faith from the vestiges of Americanism and return it to real Biblical faith? All of these are great questions to consider today.
We sang the song growing up. Old MacDonald had a farm. Use that tune to the title of this blog. “Ol Mc-Jesus had a Church, Me-O, Me-O, My.” Will we break free?